Tongan king and queen visit Queen Elizabeth

King Tupou VI of Tonga and his wife, Queen Nanasipau’u Tuku’aho, had an audience yesterday with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. The king and queen are reportedly visiting London to prepare for the king’s coronation next year.

Audience at Buckingham Palace
 

Photo © Buckingham Palace. Photo source: The British Monarchy

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Klaus von Hagen
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Klaus von Hagen

Why is the Queen of Tonga bowing? After all she is a Queen herself?

Wang
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Wang

The Queen of Tonga is bowing to someone who is older…..out of respect.

Kevin Lindsey
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Kevin Lindsey

The Queen of Tonga is bowing to avoid any controversy. She & the King know full well that they are despised by the majority of their people. To rub elbows with the likes of HM The Queen is their vain attempt to gain respectability.

tramrat
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tramrat

I suspect she is bowing because in terms of protocol. a ‘queen consort’ is ‘inferior’ to a ‘queen regnant’ .

Matt Higdon
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Matt Higdon

I am certain that this visit is exactly what it is purported to be. The British and Tongan royal families have personal ties that go back to Queen Elizabeth’s own coronation in 1953. At that time Queen Salote, the grandmother of the present King of Tonga, won the hearts of the British people with her dignity, grace and charm.

Tuita
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Tuita

Kevin Lindsey, you do not have a clue what you are talking about. The majority of Tongans love their King and Queen both of whom are very respectful, good living Christians.

Amy
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Amy

I think it’s the Crown Prince people have a problem with, if there are any problems. Didn’t he marry his second cousin?

Louise
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Louise

Amy, he actually married his first cousin but there is nothing unusual about that in royal circles.

Leone Lui
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Leone Lui

Queen Nanasipau’u is bowing out of respect for a senior royal which is an echo of a similar symbolic gesture rendered by her husbands predecessor and grandmother HM Queen Salote in the 1950’s durring HM Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. @ Kevin Lindsey you obviously don’t know anything about my culture and people so please don’t presume to know…you obviously have been ill informed….

Tore Schinrud-Thrane
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Tore Schinrud-Thrane

Anyone knowing when the coronation is going to be?

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